PEN America: A Journal for Readers and Writers seeks volunteer interns to assist with production of the magazine, both ink-and-paper and online editions. The journal is published by PEN America, and each issue contains a mix of essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry, conversations, interviews, and commentary. Work from past issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.

Editorial interns are closely involved with all stages of production on projects including our annual journal and PEN America chapbooks. Responsibilities may entail the transcription of literary events and readings, researching, proofreading, fact-checking, processing orders, assisting with mailings, and miscellaneous office tasks. Interns work with journal editors in the PEN America office in SoHo, where the staff focuses on free expression advocacy, prison writing, literary awards, the PEN World Voices Festival, and other programs.

Applicants must be curious, eager to learn, attentive to detail, and familiar with Microsoft Word and the Windows operating system; experience with Adobe Creative Suite is useful. Previous office experience, either in publishing or nonprofit organizations, is also desirable. Excellent communication skills and a passionate interest in literature and writing are a must. Interns are expected to work between 8 and 15 hours a week.

Email cover letter and résumé to [email protected]

PEN America is an equal-opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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